“Aunt” Jeannette was my great-aunt through marriage for the past ten years……
She was a funny old “broad”, and I call her that in the most endearing way. She was an old spinster…. single….. independent….. and LOVED to chat! She was always full of smiles and conversation…..
She lived by her own set of rules, and when many her age were dependant and inactive, she was living in an unassisted facility, going out to the Legion with her friends, and had been known to cut a rug with the best of them.
Just about 8 years ago now, Jeannette had a stroke….. and she lost all of her independence. She was never to walk again….
It was really hard for her…. She ended up in a home, looking towards everyone to care for all of her basic needs….. Her health started to decline. …
She was a fellow chronic babe…. She too dealt with pain everyday…..
The last few years she suffered a constant decline in her health…. and for the people who cared for her, it became harder and harder to watch…..
She was a survivor…. and she fought valiantly…….
The angels called her home.
I bet she is up in heaven right now cutting a rug… doing the Lindy hop…. having a beverage……
and free from the restrictions that bound her here on earth.
So Jeannette, wherever you may be…. Know that I am thinking of you today….. Although I never had the chance to tell you, I admired your courage…..
And I won’t ever forget you.